Florence One is a 284-square mile area located in Florence County, South Carolina. It encompasses all or part of several communities , as well as the City of Florence, serving over 75,000 residents. Florence One is an award-winning school district with over 16,000 students and over 2,000 employees. Florence One has 14 elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, a career center, child develoment centers, an adult and community education center as well as other programs to meet the special needs of children.
Florence One is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees which meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Florence One Administration Building which is located at 319 South Dargan Street. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
Robert Craig Washington, Principal of Southside Middle School, is the Florence One 2017-18 Principal of the Year. Washington, who has served as principal of the school for the past 11 years, received a surprise visit to the Southside Middle School faculty meeting by Superintendent Randy Bridges, who publicly made the announcement.
Wilson High School Choral Music Instructor Megerlyn Davis has been selected Florence School District One’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.
Through a three-way partnership among Florence One, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The School Foundation, a program designed for business and community leaders to spend time getting a unique, behind-the-scenes look into schools in Florence One continues in its third year. The program, known as the Fellows in Education Program, began with an orientation today for its members.
For Release: December 8, 2017
SchoolOfficials Work to Ensure Calm Amidst Unfounded Threats
Yesterday, Carol Hill, principal at South Florence High School, reported that the school day began with the report of a student threat to campus safety. This threat was investigated by local law enforcement officers, and according to Ms. Hill, it was contained prior to the beginning of the school day by 7:15 a.m.
Hill said the school later received an additional social media threat, which indicated a weapon and explosives were on campus and that a person was going to use them. “Law enforcement officers and school administrators were very proactive regarding the response to this threat, which included interviewing students, following leads, and conducting searches. No weapons or explosives were found, but parents who wished to sign out their students because of concerns were accommodated.
In a later message to parents at the end of the day on Thursday, Hill thanked South Florence families and staff members for patience and cooperation in light of the responses to changing threats throughout the day and for their hard work responding to parent phone calls, texts, sign-outs, and emails. “We appreciate the flexibility of our staff and students, many of whom were not able to each lunch,” she said.
Before students arrived at South Florence High School on Friday, law enforcement officers had conducted a search of the entire school. As a precautionary measure, students were not allowed to bring book bags to school. Only Chromebooks in their cases were permitted on campus. In addition, all students entered through the gymnasium, and additional law enforcement officers were on site to ensure the safety of the students.
According to Hill, the process of the students entering through the gymnasium worked smoothly. She said, “The building was completely searched early this morning by the Sheriff’s Department personnel who used dogs that are trained to sniff out explosives. We were all clear this morning, as we were yesterday. Students are entering without book bags, and we look forward to a day of safety and learning. Any students who signed out yesterday or who are absent today will be marked absent. They will have five days to make up any work missed.”
At Wilson High School, Dr. Eric Robinson, principal, informed parents and community members that there was a precautionary safety search at Wilson High School this morning. No threat was found by law enforcement, and students were released to class. The school day has resumed as normal.